Brattleboro Literary Festival Brattleboro Literary Festival

Youth Poetry

Thursday, October 14, 2021

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Poetry, Identity, and Coming of Age
Diana Whitney
Diana Whitney
You Don’t Have to be Everything
Joy Ladin
Joy Ladin
Book of Anna
Lynn Melnick
Lynn Melnick
Landscape with Sex and Violence

Diana Whitney’s inclusive anthology for teen girls, You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves, was released by Workman Publishing to critical acclaim and became a YA bestseller.The poems in this collection speak candidly about rage, shame, desire, depression, sexual violence, body image, self-love, gender identity, and much more.

In this virtual event, four poets from the anthology—Leslie Marie Aguilar, Joy Ladin, Lynn Melnick and editor Diana Whitney— read their own poems and talk about the project. They’ll discuss how poetry has been a path for self-discovery and self-acceptance of their younger, and now adult, selves; how poems can facilitate empathy for self and others; and the important role poetry plays in allowing us to re-imagine and re-write our identities and stories.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

- EDT
Another World: Poetry and Art by Young People from The Poetry Studio.
Ann Gengarelly
Ann Gengarelly
Another World
Tony Gengarelly
Tony Gengarelly
Art on the Spectrum: A Guide for Mentoring and Marketing Artists with ASD
Chard deNiord
Chard deNiord
In My Unknowing

Another World is an extraordinary book that features poetry and art by young people  (ages 5 to 17) from The Poetry Studio. Founded in 1995 by Ann Gengarelly, The Poetry Studio is indeed “another world” that inspires imagination and discovery. The students’ poems, in original and exceptional ways, invite us to remember the creative spirit and the importance of meeting with that part of oneself that is so often neglected. 

Chard deNiord is the  former Vermont Poet Laureate. deNiord is the author of seven poetry collections include In My Unknowing, Interstate, Speaking in Turn: a collaboration with Tony Sanders; The Double Truth, Night Mowing,  Sharp Golden Thorn, and Asleep in the Fire. DeNiord has also authored two books of  interviews with renowned American poets,  Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs: Reflections and Conversations with Twentieth Century American Poets and I Would Lie To You If I Could.

According to prize winning poet/professor, Bruce Smith “The students’ poems. . . are cracks in the construction, cures for the hurt, color for the bleakness, and challenges to the system.  These poems of love and rage are counter forces to unfeeling and silence.  They are maps to be consulted when navigating the world. . .”  Naomi Shihab Nye, Young People’s Poet Laureate for 2019-2022, has also commented:   These students' poems and art are so beautiful and refreshing - they ring of truth in a time of lies. We need them.

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